Alexander Tupitsyn: Partially Sandblasted Cross Cut

Product Number: 002-622-0051

Many makers and marques pay careful attention to grain patterns when shaping, but this is the first piece I've come across to actually take its name from the grain itself. In this respect, it's a more abstract sort of piece from Alexander Tupitsyn. The base shape itself is essentially a paneled bent Apple, albeit one with a rather firmer style of line and silhouette than we typically see from Alexander, yet he's oriented the block in such as way that really adds extra visual weight to the cross-cut pattern. Either flank is inundated with deep whorls of blasted birdseye against a dark sandblast; the flattened plane that separates the two along the central ridge, in turn, is entirely covered in dense, contrast-stained crossgrain. The dual finish, together with the paneled design itself, makes for a striking aesthetic overall. And it's just splendid work.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.18 in./131.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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